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Regulation & Safety

In order to keep the cosmetics industry safe as well as innovative, there is a strong regulatory structure in place.

If you want to know about the new regulations and their effect on the industry, or the progress of alternative testing methods, or to stay on top of the latest regulatory requirements , we've got you covered!

Unilever backs up Dove soap ad after questioning

02-Oct-2014 - Unilever holds its head high after winning an ad battle over its Dove soap after it had dryness claims questioned, and the Advertising Standards authority ruled in its favour.

Product Recall

Unilever recalls roll-on deos in Belgium due to contamination

01-Oct-2014 - Unilever has had its Belgian subsidiary recall 50ml bottles of its Neutral Roll-on deodorant after it discovered bacteria in samples of the deodorant it tested, which could affect vulnerable people...

EC steps up safety limits on more cosmetic preservatives

30-Sep-2014 - The Commission has restricted the use of three more preservatives in cosmetic products in an effort to 'strengthen the protection of consumers'.

NGOs concerned with 'future of environmental health' under Jean-Claude Juncke

26-Sep-2014 - HEAL, the Green10 and other Brussels-based NGOs have contacted the European Parliament with ‘grave concerns on the future of environmental health' under the newly appointed Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker.

No European cosmetics concern over exposure to phthalates

18-Sep-2014 - After a US study claimed that if children are exposed to certain phthalates while still in the womb, it could increase their risk of developing asthma; experts in Europe have...


The new European Commission - who's who and what it means for the industry

12-Sep-2014 - As newly elected European commissioners prepare to take their seats in November, Cosmetics Design takes a look at who's who and how the change-up may impact the cosmetics sector......

Health claims law trips up tea firm

03-Sep-2014 - A company promoting healthy teas has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after falling foul of the EU's nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR).

Life Sciences week - SEURAT-1 reports progress on animal testing

29-Aug-2014 - The EU's biggest ever initiative on alternative testing, SEURAT-1, is presenting its latest progress report at the World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences this week. ...

Industry: consumers are not getting the right information about chemical risks in cosmetics

29-Aug-2014 - The industry has spoken out on apps like 'Toxfox', designed to help consumers find chemicals in cosmetics, stating that the context of concentration levels and health risks is not being...

Friends of the Earth extends 'ToxFox' app

28-Aug-2014 - The German NGO has extended its mobile app, ToxFox to android devices after a successful launch which allows users to check cosmetics for EDCs.

BfR rules microparticle health risk as 'unlikely'

28-Aug-2014 - The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has looked into whether a dermal or accidental oral uptake of PE-micro plastic particles from cosmetics pose, and concluded a health risk unlikely.  ...

German BfR forum to focus on aluminium health risks

26-Aug-2014 - The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is hosting its’ 15th Consumer Protection Forum which is set to focus on the health risks of aluminium present in deodorants....

EC amends restriction on four preservatives and a UV filter

14-Aug-2014 - The European Commission has amended the use of preservatives cetrimonium chloride, steartrimonium chloride and behentrimonium chloride and nano-UV filter tris-biphenyl triazine in cosmetics.

Regulation Explained

A look at the EU Cosmetics Regulation a year on – work to be done

14-Aug-2014 - The EU Cosmetics Regulation aims to offer clarity on what can be a complex industry, but there is still confusion over certain aspects and areas, with a few processes still...

Natrue adopts IFOAM definition for acceptance of organic raw materials

12-Aug-2014 - As it looks to combat confusion surrounding the definition of what constitutes ‘organic’, Natrue has adopted the IFOAM technical definition of what constitutes an accepted organic standard.

EC report further reveals cosmetic focus from TTIP negotiations

01-Aug-2014 - The European Commission has published an official report from the sixth round of TTIP negotiations which reveals the EU and US to be proceeding with prioritising chemicals for assessment, and other...

Denmark concerned over 'Depend GelLack' nail polish product

31-Jul-2014 - Denmark has flagged up nail polish product ‘Depend GelLack’, following a number of consumers experiencing allergic reactions.

Exclusive interview

The ‘global beauty consumer’ driving regulation alignment

24-Jul-2014 - The head of the Canadian Cosmetics, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA), Darren Praznik, has spoken of the increasing need for international regulatory alignment in the face of the rising ‘global...

Industry warns organic enthusiasts not to rely on DIY sunscreen

24-Jul-2014 - A homemade sunscreen trend is taking ‘DIY’ to a new level, which is causing concern among dermatologists in that there is no room to determine what the SPF factor may...

Ashland joins PASS Coalition in supporting Sunscreen Innovation Act

22-Jul-2014 - Specialty ingredients supplier Ashland has voiced its support and approval of the Sunscreen Innovation Act, H.R. 4250 as it looks to develop its new products.

Bella! EC backs beauty health claims; must be judged case-by-case

22-Jul-2014 - Beauty claims are permissible under the EU nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR) a European Commission committee has said in what an analyst says is a “first blessing” the EC may have...

Pure Gold Collagen shot slammed by UK advertising regulator for ‘implied beauty claim’

16-Jul-2014 - The most successful ‘beauty shot’ on the UK market Pure Gold Collagen has been rapped by the Advertising Standards Authority for making ‘implied beauty and appearance claims’.

SCCS rules on more hair dye ingredients

16-Jul-2014 - The European Commission's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety has published opinions on 3-amino-2,6-dimethylphenol; hydroxyethoxy aminopyrazolopyridine HCl; and Basic Brown 17.

Update: EC wraps up EDC review

15-Jul-2014 - The European Commission has implied in a recent review paper that it has concluded ensuring that REACH covers the assessment of EDCs.

EU anti-allergy restrictions forcing luxury perfumes to reformulate

09-Jul-2014 - As luxury perfume makers prepare for new EU anti-allergy restrictions, some may have to reformulate as the European Commission aims to ban widely-used ingredients such as oak moss.

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